Tip 1 – search within the websites from your Extended Essay question sheet This will find some acceptable articles that are not too difficult to read Tip 2 – search in a database from the Anis library Follow the instructions on pages 2-5 of this document. This will find the best academic articles. Tip 3 – use key words Look at the Extended Essay question and underline the key words, egg: Does social isolation adversely affect health? Tip 4- use quote marks (” “) Notice that some of the key words you have chosen are actually phrases.
Search for the same key words again, but this time put quote marks around the phrases, egg: “social isolation” Notice how many results you find. (The number should be less, but the articles listed should be more relevant). Tip 5 – search within the Title In most databases and advanced searches you can choose to look for word Just in the titles of articles. (This articles you find should be more relevant) Tip 6 – try again with different search words Notice that some key words have synonyms. Search for the synonyms and see if you get different results, egg: “social support”
Tip 6- use brackets 0 and ‘OR’ Search for the original key words again, but this time put synonyms in brackets with ‘OR’, egg: (health OR wellbeing) Notice how many results you find. (The number should be greater). Tip 7 – use an asterisk (*) Notice that key words could have different spellings or could have different endings (egg, used as a verb or a noun… ). Search for the same key words again, but this time put an asterisk (*) instead of letters or endings that could change, egg: isolate* Notice how many results you find. (The number should be greater).
Tip 7 – try searching in Google scholar Use a computer at Anis and go to http://scholar. Google. Com. AU/ On the right hand side of the results, you should see links to full text for any articles available to Anis students. *Be careful – some of these results will not be acceptable for AWE (egg, newspaper articles) Final Task/Homework Look through all the articles you find and keep searching until you find one relevant and reliable article to use for your extended essay. Print Just the first page and bring to class tomorrow. 3. 4 Searching – social isolation